Dorothy Ruth Deal, 87, passed away Friday, December 7, 2012, at Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital.
She was born July 22, 1925, to Joseph and Grace Keller Holland. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church. Her love of children was shown by her many years of teaching Child Evangelism, Children's Church and backyard Bible clubs.
She was a godly example to all of her grandchildren, great- grandchildren and nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
She is survived by daughters, Carolyn Hackler and husband Glenn, Deborah Sykes and husband Larry, and Penelope Vires and husband Jeffrey; sons, Hoyt C. Deal Jr. and wife Leticia, and Stephen J. Deal and wife Ahmie; and sister, Brenda Whitney.
The family would like to say thank you to Amedisys and W3 Wilcox Hall for their compassionate care of their mother.
The family will receive friends, Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to the service.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2012, in Akard Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Austin Cook officiating. Pallbearers will be Craig Hackler, Michael Deal, Christopher Sykes, Garry Jenkins, Marcus Vires, Lukas Salyer, Stefan Hackler, and Shawn Deal. Honorary pallbearer will be Jason Deal.
The committal and interment will follow in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens.
Those desiring may make memorials to the charity of their choice. E-mail condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org
Akard Funeral Home, 1912 West State St., Bristol, TN (423) 989-4800, is serving the Deal family.